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Should i be concerned if my blood test ldh is 308(103--227) it is elevated. What does it mean?

Should i be concerned if my blood test ldh is 308(103--227) it is elevated. What does it mean?

Many possibilities: The website given below provides a list of causes of elevated ldh. However, it may be elevated if you exercised before the blood test. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that.
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003471.htm. ...Read more

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What is a low sodium level in a blood test mean?

What is a low sodium level in a blood test mean?

Dehydration: Usually in dehydration. Patient in diuretic medication, investigate the level of other electrolytes and glucose. ...Read more

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Hi kidney profile blood test. Result is below reference range. Sodium 134 mmol/l range is 136 – 145. What does this mean please. Thanks?

Hi kidney profile blood test. Result is below reference range. Sodium 134 mmol/l range is 136 – 145. What does this mean please. Thanks?

Almost normal: 134 may be normal for you. Normal tests are the central 95% of the distribution in health people. In other words, 5% of normal people have some abnormal lab values. ...Read more

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What can happen when the blood test show low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level and high anion gap?

What can happen when the blood test show low bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level and high anion gap?

Seek the cause: This can be due to anything from exercising hard and not being fully recovered, to being in shock, to having some unmeasured anion (aspirin, drank antifreeze, diabetic ketoacidosis), to a variety of other things. Your physician is hopefully competent and can find the cause -- it's one of the most basic workups in medicine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could 4mm lung nodule cause fatigue&muscle loss for 1year? Tested positive on early cdtlung blood test.sodium slight low cortisol slight high. Advice?

Mgt: The potential for malignancy should be assessed by a follow up imaging test. Please discuss with your physician. Family history, type of nodule, location and smoking history are part of the evaluation. If you smoke, please stop smoking and avoid smoke exposure. ...Read more

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Could 4mm lung nodule cause fatigue&muscle loss for 1year? Tested positive on early cdtlung blood test.sodium slight low cortisol slight high. Advice?

Could 4mm lung nodule cause fatigue&muscle loss for 1year? Tested positive on early cdtlung blood test.sodium slight low cortisol slight high. Advice?

See an oncologist: Now is the time to find out if that nodule is, indeed, cancer, and a specialist's recommendations are the way to go. If so, that could be causing your fatigue. The muscle loss may be due to de-conditioning (not using the muscles enough), due to your fatigue. If it IS cancer, you are catching it at a very small size and there is a much better chance for a cure! ...Read more

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My wife had a second blood test and results as follows. Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

My wife had a second blood test and results as follows.  Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

Hard to interpret : Blood tests can't be taken out of context. They are only a part of any physician's evaluation and must be interpreted along with the history and physical exam. Also, need to know the normal ranges for the particular laboratory. I suspect the sodium is 138, not 1.38, and that is usually within the normal range. So is potassium. Creatinine = 36/88.4=0.41mg/dl seems low. High creatinine is worrisome. ...Read more

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Blood test shows sodium 139, potassium 3.3 L, and chloride 109 H. What does this mean and should I be concerned? WBC/RBC is normal. Anion gap 5.0

Electrolytes: Your electrolyte balance is not perfectly normal. The chloride is high, as you note, and the anion gap is low. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level is the other component of the anion gap — what is that value. Your potassium is low. Is this spontaneous or is it related to diet, diarrhea, vomiting, or a medication you did not report? Normal WBC and RBC is reassuring. ...Read more

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What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

How low?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your "low" sodium may still be in the normal range. It may appear to be low if you drank a lot of water before the test, had excessive sweating recently. See this site for info.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003481.htm ...Read more

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Got the results of a blood test. Low sodium and creatinine. I'm on lisinipril and hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). Could that have caused it? Also, have pain under low-right ribs

Got the results of a blood test. Low sodium and creatinine. I'm on lisinipril and hctz (hydrochlorothiazide). Could that have caused it? Also, have pain under low-right ribs

Too much alcohol: The combination of lisinopril, HCTZ, (hydrochlorothiazide) and 3 alcohol drinks a day can cause low sodium. That's too much alcohol — sorry. The pain under your right ribs may be originating in your liver or gall-bladder as both live there. That should be checked. Low creatinine (even below the lab reference) is not harmful and reflects your muscle mass and normal kidney function. (I presume you're pretty small). ...Read more

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These are some blood test results and maybe urine, RBC 3.93 M/mcL,Hgb POC 11.9 g/DL, Sodium Lvl 132 mol/L, Osmolality 256 mOsm/kg. They r low. Ideas?

These are some blood test results and maybe urine, RBC 3.93 M/mcL,Hgb POC 11.9 g/DL, Sodium Lvl 132 mol/L, Osmolality 256 mOsm/kg. They r low. Ideas?

Out of Context: One cannot interpret labs without the whole panel there. A doctor providing your an interpretation needs medical history, the reason the tests were ordered and the whole test. You are asking the impossible with these lab values out of context. ...Read more

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My doctor said my sodium level is very low. From a blood test.she mentioned something like hypo something but what could be the cause?

My doctor said my sodium level is very low. From a blood test.she mentioned something like hypo something but what could be the cause?

Hyponatremia: Low blood sodium can happen if one looses too much of it usually from the urine or one is retaining too much free water that it is diluting it in the blood. There are several causes for either condition. I am sure your doctor did not stop thereafter telling you have hyponatremia.she must have told you what possibly cause it. If not call her/him back ...Read more

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Morning blood test show sodium normal, pm blood tests sodium low 130. No excessive drinking & urine volume low until early am bladder is full. Ideas?

Morning blood test show sodium normal, pm blood tests sodium low 130. No excessive drinking & urine volume low until early am bladder is full. Ideas?

Probably normal: Officially normal sodium (Na) is 135-145 mEq/L. "Low 130s" implies your might be something like 131-134, right? Exact Na level varies pretty widely over the course of the day, and this amount of variation probably is entirely normal. If you have no other evidence of heart, kidney, or liver disease, this probably is nothing to worry about. If you do have such problems, discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have had fatigue for over a year and some muscle loss. A recent blood test showed Sodium 141, Bicarb 22, Chloride 99. These were reported as within range. I calculate the Anion Gap to be 20, lab range 8-16. This indicates Acidosis. Is it possible t

I have had fatigue for over a year and some muscle loss.  A recent blood test showed Sodium 141, Bicarb 22, Chloride 99.  These were reported as within range.  I calculate the Anion Gap to be 20, lab range 8-16.  This indicates Acidosis.  Is it possible t

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group, not very specific. Acid balance in particular can change in minutes to hours. ...Read more

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Blood test: estimated creatinine clearance test (low), what could it indicate? EGFR & creatinine normal. Potassium & sodium low. 28yr/f

Blood test: estimated creatinine clearance test (low), what could it indicate? EGFR & creatinine normal. Potassium & sodium low. 28yr/f

How do you FEEL?: Many (maybe most) pathologists and nephrologists aren't impressed with the current practice of labs estimate GFR, creatinine clearance and so forth from a spot creatinine. Some formulas include race "because black people are more muscular than white people" -- these were never intended to be applied to individuals. Frankly, if your others labs are healthy, I'd ignore it. ...Read more

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What does high gra# and high gra% mean on a blood test?

What does high gra# and high gra% mean on a blood test?

Granulocytes: Granulocytes are mostly neutrophils, the cells that are most lethal most quickly to bacteria. Ignore the percentages. Look to see if the absolute numbers # are high or low. I can raise my granulocyte # to four times normal by spending twenty minutes in an icy-cold shower (I tried it); labs mean nothing apart from the clinical context. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does high mono on blood test mean?

What does high mono on blood test mean?

Nothing specific: The monocytes are a form of white cell, cousin to the lymphocyte, that often increases their relative number in a variety of infectious conditions. Mononucleosis is a lay term for the elevation when it occurs with an EB virus infection. Other viruses and some bacteria can trigger the same relative increase in monocytes. ...Read more

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What does high inflamation result from blood test mean?

It depends: It depends on why the test was ordered in the first place. The test must be evaluated in the context of the clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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Blood test shows gama GT is high at 150. What does it mean?

May just be you: Some people run a GGT that's several times normal, through their lives. Occasionally I have to write letters on behalf of these people, who are accused of being secret alcohol abusers. If the high GGT is brand-new, there may be another explanation. Your physician knows how to follow up. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my prothrombin time blood test is high?

What does it mean if my prothrombin time blood test is high?

Blood clotting : Defective. Prolonged prothrombin time can be due to deficiency of a number of coagulation factors. A common cause it treatment with warfarin/coumdain. Liver disease is another common reason for prolonged pt. Depending on the prolongation, the person may be at risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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What does high bands in blood test mean and how to correct this?

What does high bands in blood test mean and how to correct this?

Could be infection.: A high band count usually refers to how many white blood cells are actively maturing. When the band count is high, it usually refers to an escalating infection, or due to some other major stress. Talk to your doctor to find out why. Uncontrolled infections can be life-threatening. ...Read more

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In my last blood test, I have high levels of B12 (950mg). What this mean?

In my last blood test, I have high levels of B12 (950mg). What this mean?

There is no: Consequence of an elevated B12 level. It is a water-soluble vitamin. ...Read more

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What does ALT sgpt mean on a blood test? What does it mean if it is high?

What does ALT sgpt mean on a blood test? What does it mean if it is high?

Liver injury: Liver enzymes such as ALT are elevated due to injury to liver cells. If you drink alcohol, stop entirely. You may need to be evaluated for hepatitis and any medication that you may be taking as the cause. ...Read more